NEW: Dayton man arrested after vehicle stolen with child inside at Troy gas station

Published: Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 9:42 AM

A Dayton man is facing multiple felony charges for allegedly stealing a car with a 2-year-old boy inside it at the BP station on Archer Drive in December.

James Hatmaker, 42, is charged with kidnapping, two counts of theft, grand theft auto and breaking and entering. He was arrested Friday, jail records show.

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The 2-year-old boy was found safe in an abandoned vehicle Dec. 5, shortly after a mother reported the car stolen from a BP station on Archer Drive near Interstate 75.

“My wife went out to start her car. There’s a car in my driveway with a baby in it, and her car is gone,” a man told 911 dispatchers. “And the baby’s crying”

The mom went into the store to pay for gas at the BP station around 6:30 a.m., officials said. While she was inside, Hatmaker allegedly stole her car. It’s unknown whether Hatmaker knew there was a child inside.

"Someone just stole my car with my son in it," the boy’s mother told dispatchers while breaking down in tears. “I parked right outside the door. I ran in to get cigarettes and then my car was gone."

Troy police say leaving vehicles running and unattended is something they see often.

“We see it all the time in gas stations and coffee shops where people leave their car running because they are just going to run in for a minute,” said Troy police Capt. Shawn McKinney. “Don’t leave your car running without locking it and definitely don’t leave your child in there.”

The vehicle and the child were found in the driveway of a home in the 6800 block Peters Road near Tipp City.

The man told dispatchers his wife’s 2012 white Honda Accord was stolen from the driveway. 

“Well we’ve got the child and we’ve got the car,” he said. “Now they’re in the white Honda Accord.”

The caller said tracks left in the yard indicated the vehicle would have gone south on Peters.

The child found in the vehicle was unharmed.